Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast Get answers to today’s toughest leadership and development problems from thought leaders Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman!

David Sturt, author of Great Work and Executive Vice President at O.C. Tanner, joins Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss his research into how people can make a difference—what they think about, what they do, and how their leaders help them achieve extraordinary results.

Sturt regularly consults with industry leaders and speaks at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. He has studied and analyzed the effects of people being recognized for great work and has distilled that information in his new book, Great Work: How To Make A Difference People Love from McGraw-Hill.

This eBook is a summary of that conversation. Listen to the full podcast at www.zengerfolkman.com.

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Today’s broadcast comes from a recent webinar given by Dr. Joe Folkman and Joyce Palevitz. In this presentation, Joe and Joyce share key insights for creating a workplace where leaders are energized to take on difficult goals, create an atmosphere of continual improvement, and challenge standard approaches.

To download the notes for this episode and to listen to past episodes, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast.

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In this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcasts series, Cheryl Snapp Conner turns the table and interviews Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman to discuss their new book, Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution and the upcoming Zenger Folkman Speed workshops.

Cheryl Snapp Conner is a columnist, author, and speaker. She writes ongoing columns on business communications for Forbes and Inc. and authored the Forbes eBook, Beyond PR: Communicate Like a Champ in the Digital Age.

Download the eBook for "Insights on Speed and Quality"

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In the last year many clients have taken a serious look at their performance management systems. Ask any manager or employee about their opinion of the performance review process and you will rarely hear any positive comments.

In this presentation, Jack and Joe are joined by Kelly Kuras, Sr. Manager of Talent and Organization Evaluation at General Motors, to share what they have done to redefine performance management in their organization.

While each organization will come to differing processes and systems, we will answer the question: “What are the few fundamental elements that are critical to make any performance management process successful?”

Watch the video recording of the entire webinar.

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In the last year many clients have taken a serious look at their performance management systems. Ask any manager or employee about their opinion of the performance review process and you will rarely hear any positive comments.

In this presentation, Jack and Joe are joined by Maria Brennan and Crystal Zuckerman, both Directors of Human Resources at Celgene, to share what they have done to redefine performance management in their organization.

While each organization will come to differing processes and systems, we will answer the question: “What are the few fundamental elements that are critical to make any performance management process successful?”

Watch the video recording of the entire webinar.

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360-degree assessments have become a common practice today. In fact, 85% of Fortune 500 organizations use multi-rater feedback (360s) as the backbone of their leadership development programs. Why are these assessments so important? Because leaders receive information that they would otherwise never receive.

There are hosts of 360s on the market today and not all are equal. There may be similarities but there are also some major differences. So, when choosing a tool, what should you look for? What are the most important components in a 360?

During this webinar, Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman discuss the 11 components of a “Best of Class” 360 Assessment. Participants will:

  • Learn what the 11 components are.
  • Receive a brief explanation of each of these 11 features & benefits.
  • Learn how the competencies and items were empirically derived.
  • See a response scale that avoids a false positive.
  • Review and compare scores to a high standard (75th and 90th percentile norms).
  • See how a leader’s current impact on direct reports is measured.
  • Identify the competencies that are most important.
  • Learn and understand our unique strengths-based emphasis.

Visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast to find the slides for this podcast.

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Given the pressing need for highly effective leaders in today’s recovering economy, organizations are wise to seek the most direct way to develop strong leaders.

During this podcast, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman will discuss their research which proves that having strengths is what differentiates great leaders from their less effective counterparts. They’ll also offer proof that great leaders can indeed be developed and that using a strengths-based development process is the fastest way to move from “good” to “great.”

Join Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman to discover:
  • Why focusing on strengths is far more effective than a preoccupation with fixing weaknesses, which is promoted in most traditional development programs.
  • How building strengths greatly differs from correcting weaknesses.
  • A unique process for developing strengths.
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Dorie Clark, former presidential campaign spokesperson, award-winning author, strategy consultant, professional speaker, and adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, joins Joe Folkman in this installment of the Zenger Folkman Leadership podcast series to discuss her new book, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It.

Dorie’s clients include Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, DHL, Fidelity, Yale University, and the World Bank. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. She is also the author of Reinventing You, named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine.

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In today’s special bonus episode, we will present Kevin Wilde’s address, “Temptations of a High Potential,” recorded live from our 2015 Extraordinary Leadership Summit held in July. 

Kevin Wilde is the former Vice President of Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills. He was responsible for world-wide people and organization growth, including talent management, executive development, and the leadership institute. Since he joined the company in 1998, the General Mills has been consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s top ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development, as well as similar recognition by Chief Executive and Leadership Excellence magazines. In 2007, Chief Learning Officer magazine named Kevin CLO of the year. 
Kevin is passionate about leadership and talent development. “It has been my great fortune to pursue both throughout my professional career with General Mills and previously at General Electric. The experience of working side-by-side with some of the best leaders in the world while serving in roles in executive development and worldwide talent management is priceless.” 
Kevin is also highly involved in academic life, and serves as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. There he helps design and teach leadership development and talent management in the Executive MBA, MBA and Executive Education departments. 
He is a columnist for Talent Management magazine and serves on the editorial board for a number of professional journals. His work has been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching for Leadership and The Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development. He has been quoted about talent and leadership development by Fortune magazine, Business Week, the Financial Times, and Time magazine. 
Before joining General Mills, he spent 17 years at General Electric in a variety of human resources positions in the healthcare and capital divisions, as well as corporate assignments at GE’s renowned Crotonville management development center. While at GE he also held positions in manufacturing, marketing, and six sigma quality. 
 Enter our Monthly Book Drawing for Zenger Folkman podcast listeners. This month, we are giving away a free copy of Kevin's book, "Dancing with the Talent Stars."
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Business is moving increasingly faster and to keep up, leaders at all levels need to know how to pick up the pace. Easy to say.... But is there truly a correlation between speed and leadership effectiveness?

In a word, yes!

We don’t need to do everything faster, but for many activities speed can significantly improve effectiveness and the motivation of individuals. It’s interesting how often our pace affects our attitude. Let’s face it – slow is often boring. Think about people you have worked with who had a tendency to move quickly and keep things going at a fast clip, versus those who were more ponderous as they ensured everything was completed and finished. Yes, too much speed can leave participants feeling rushed and frazzled. But if your company’s energy is lagging, maybe it’s time to consider upping the pace.

Join us to learn the eight skills possessed by leaders who are perceived as “fast” and “highly effective.”

Complimentary Pace Assessment: This self-assessment will measure the pace at which you prefer to work, and the results will compare your speed to others. The assessment will measure situations such as: 

• Are you more concerned about making mistakes or moving too slowly? 
• Do you tend to make decisions quickly or consider multiple alternatives? 
• Do you assume when starting a project that it will finish on time or be late?

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.


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In this episode, Jack and Joe interview leadership expert Sandy Ogg. Sandy will share his thoughts on leadership; including stories from his career and insights into how leaders can create value for their organizations.


They will discuss such topics as:
  • Interdependence – Should companies centralize or de-centralize their structure?
  • Initiatives – think big, start small
  • What are the handful of things that can make the big difference?
  • The scariest resource in any organization is energy level of CEO
Sandy is an Operating Partner with the Blackstone Group. His previous roles include Chief Human Resources Officer at Unilever as well as key roles with Motorolla, the US Coast Guard, and The Center for Leadership Studies.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Leaders today are extremely busy getting their job done. At the same time, they also realize that investing effort in their own leadership development is good. The problem is that when faced with a choice, work seems to always trump personal development. Everyone runs fast and hard and personal development is put off as executives wait and hope for a break in their schedules.

This a false dichotomy. In this episode, Jack Zenger reveals why work and development should not be seen as competing activities. The reason to combine them is simple. Doing one can accomplish the other. If you choose to do this, you will constantly improve your leadership skills while getting your job done. That, in turn, benefits your organization, your working associates, and most certainly, you.

Join us to learn 6 specific ways you can bring personal development and your job closer together.  Discover how you can transform your daily job activities into a practical leadership classroom and laboratory.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Most of us intuitively know that leadership affects the bottom line. Through our Extraordinary Leader research we have discovered what it takes to develop extraordinary leaders and confirmed that it is possible to measure leadership in dollars. In simple terms, good leaders create more economic value than poor leaders and extraordinary leaders create far more value than good ones. 

Please join Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman to learn the answers to the following questions: 
• How does leadership drive profit? 
• How do organizations and leaders significantly increase profit opportunity? 
• What issues can leaders impact that will most effectively drive profit? 

You will also learn about these business outcomes, how they combine to create an overall profit result, and how leadership impacts each one: 
• Retention 
• Engagement 
• Recruitment 
• Customer Satisfaction 
• Image 
• Productivity 
• Innovation

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

 

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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During this enlightening session, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman will delve into the history of Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s success.

They will discuss:
  • What happens to the very small number of successful leaders with strengths but also fatal flaws
  • What we know about Steve Jobs’ strengths and flaws
  • What might have happened had Jobs been open to feedback
…and more!

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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